Bill Cosby has come under major scrutiny since numerous women have come forward claiming they were drugged and sexually abused by the comedian, but R. Kelly is not so quick to judge The Cosby Show star.
In an interview with GQ magazine, the R&B singer was somewhat sympathetic to Cosby, even comparing the accusations against 78-year-old star to his own legal woes.
"I'm a fan of Bill Cosby's from the Bill Cosby show, of course -- who's not? -- and for me to give my opinion on something that I have no idea if it's true or not, all I can say is that it was a long time ago," Kelly said. "And when I look on TV and I see the 70-, 80-, 90-year-old ladies talking about what happened when they were 17, 18, 19, there's something strange about it."
The 49-year-old singer insisted that he will not speak to Cosby's alleged crimes until he has some sort of proof. "If God showed me that they were telling the truth, I would say that's wrong. I don't care if it was a zillion years ago. But God would have to do that, because God is the only one can show me that. No man can tell me that. No woman can tell me that," he explained. "And when you wait 70 years, 50 years, 40 years, to say something that simple, it's strange. You know why I say that is because it happened to me, and it wasn't true."
In 2003, R. Kelly was arrested on charges of sexual misconduct with a minor after a videotape was leaked that allegedly showed him engaging in sex with, and urinating on, an underage girl. In March 2004, those charges were dropped due to a lack of probable cause for the search warrants. However, the GRAMMY winner says he's still perceived as guilty to the public.
"When a person is found not guilty, they're found not guilty. And it doesn’t matter if it’s a murder case, it doesn’t matter what case it is, when they’re found not guilty, they’re not guilty," he declared. "And I think that a lot of haters out there wanted to see me go down."
When asked if it was him on the videotape, R. Kelly responded, "Because of my lawyers, to this day I cannot have those kind of conversations. Being advised by my lawyers in this. Because they could come back to haunt me. Things could come back and they can just restart all over again. And I have to protect myself."
As for Cosby, he requested that a Pennsylvania court dismiss the criminal charge against him. In a statement given to ET, Cosby's attorneys claim the charge was "illegally, improperly and unethically" brought against their client. Cosby's preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 2, and he's denied any wrongdoing.
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